Today's group features players who have already played in a game for the Orioles. And you'll notice that I continued my trend of requesting personalizations, and that everyone was very accommodating.
One of the highlights of my trip was getting Chris Davis to sign his 2012 Topps card, the first card that pictures him as an Oriole.
Since 2012 Topps came out in late January, I had to add Davis and Kyle Hudson to my need list, something that always bothers me with current players. And with Hudson now with the Rangers, I will have to get creative to add his signature to my collection.
I was also excited to get Hardy's autograph, since I found him to be pretty tough to track down last season.
Jonesy continues to be an above average signer for a star player.
I continue to have luck with Chris Tillman, although a fellow collector mentioned that he seems to be getting harder to get to sign than in past years.
I seem to go through feast or famine times in terms of getting Troy's signature, and I'm currently stuffed.
One of the more surprising autographs I got was from Brian Roberts, who is around the team, but not playing in games at this time. I snagged him leaving the complex on an off day, and he seemed to be in decent spirits considering all he's gone through in regards to his concussions.
I specifically enjoy requesting personalizations from players who are also named Ryan. I like to see how their printing compares to their signature. In Adams' case, it's not very similar.
Josh Bell was kind enough to add the rare personalization & double inscription combo.
Also, this is not a very flattering action shot, as Josh is kind of making a "derpface".
One of the most unexpected autographs I got on my trip was of Winston Abreu, who made his major league debut with the 2006 Orioles. He was the 793rd player to appear in a game for the O's when he debuted on August 6th; unfortunately, he didn't have much success and had a 10.13 over seven games. This was my first in-person success with Winston.
I was happy to add personalized cards from a few of the Orioles coaches/instructors who were around Sarasota.
Brady has been a tough signer over the years, so it's nice to have him so accessible.
Chris Hoiles is also helping out during Spring Training as a catching instructor.
Alan Mills has returned to the Baltimore organization as he is poised to be the pitching coach for the short season A ball Aberdeen Ironbirds in 2012.
I didn't recognize Alan at first since he literally looks the same now as he did on this early 1990s' card. It must be nice to age so gracefully.
I try to always be prepared with Orioles cards in case any one-time Birds are playing or coaching for the opposing teams. I lucked out with former O's pitcher and current Braves pitching coach, Roger McDowell, who was shagging fly balls down the right field line during Braves BP.
Check out the R's in his signature and the personalization of my name. Now those are some similar R's!
Kyle Hudson has been signing cards mailed to Rangers camp this spring... I just got mine back on Monday.
Thanks Paul, Ryan of O No Another Orioles Blog, also mentioned that Kyle had signed TTM.
Wish I had known that before I contact a Spring Training consigner on SCN but got my card back yesterday, so I'm covered now.
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